Pre-Law Minor

At a Glance
15 Credit Hours
Pre-Law Minor in Social Science

In addition to the courses listed below, students must also take POSC 200 American National Government OR POSC 210 Introduction to Politics.

CRMJ 312 Legal Research
Course ID
CRMJ 312
Credit Hours
3

A study of research methodology in criminal justice and social sciences. The course features an in-depth consideration of legal terminology and the mechanics of legal research. PR: ENGL 102. Spring.

POSC 401 American Constitutional Law
Course ID
POSC 401
Credit Hours
3

A study of basic principles of American constitutional government with emphasis on leading Supreme Court cases. PR: POSC 200 or POSC 210. Spring.

Two courses must also be selected from the following:
BUSN 301 Business Law & the Legal Environment
Course ID
BUSN 301
Credit Hours
3

Sources, classifications, functions, and evolution of law. Courts and procedures, torts, contracts, real and personal property, agency relationships, forms of business organizations, estates, landlord and tenant, and bankruptcy. Spring.

CRMJ 163 Criminal Law
Course ID
CRMJ 163
Credit Hours
3

A study of the requirements of and protections provided by the substantive and case law of the United States. Fall.

HIST 400 Recent American History
Course ID
HIST 400
Credit Hours
3

 The United States from 1920 to the present. PR: HIST 106.

SOSC 200 The Study of Race in the Social Sciences
Course ID
SOSC 200
Credit Hours
3

This course is an examination of how the concept of race is understood by social scientists and how it shapes thinking in the discipline. It addresses long-held contentions and prejudices surrounding the notions of race, including race as a biological reality and the more contemporary idea of it as a product of social constructionism. The course will also provide intellectual tools for interpreting behaviors and policies that have potential racialized outcomes in American culture and society. PR: HIST101, 102, 105, 106; PSYC 103; SOCI 210; or POSC 200, 210.

SOCI 330 Social Class in America
Course ID
SOCI 330
Credit Hours
3

A study of the fundamental principles of social stratification with emphasis on the American class system. Attention given to the universality of social class and the persistence of social inequality in the United States. PR: SOCI 210. Fall.

POSC 325 Judicial Process
Course ID
POSC 325
Credit Hours
3

Study of the American legal system on both the state and national levels. Focus on the concept of law, selection of judges, criminal and civil procedure and trial and appellate processes. PR or CR: POSC 200 or POSC 210. Fall.

POSC 350 Public Administration
Course ID
POSC 350
Credit Hours
3

Examines the context within which public administrators at the national, state and local levels operate. Topics include the nature of bureaucracy, the legitimacy of public administrators in American governance, governmental budgeting and financial governance, administrative budgeting and financial management, administrative ethics, administrative theory, human resources management, intergovernmental relations and the public policy process. PR or CR: POSC 200 or POSC 210.

PSYC 460 Psychology and the Law
Course ID
PSYC 460
Credit Hours
3

This course explores the practical applications of psychology and the law within the outline of scientific psychology and real world contexts. Topical areas include profiling, abuse, mass murders, predicting dangerousness, sociopathic personality, insanity, mental illness, false confessions, pedophilia, child abuse, child testimony, custody, battered spouse syndrome, elder abuse, competence, jury behavior, workplace discrimination, sexual harassment, forensic interviewing, police selection and hiring and polygraph accuracy. Ethical concerns are related to the use of psychological knowledge and obligations to the community by promoting scientifically based testimony. The course content crosses multiple disciplines. PR: PSYC 103, PSYC 210, and 3 additional PSYC credits or CRMJ 151. Spring/Odd-years.